Srs. Jane Ann Scanlon, Joan Brennan, Regina DeVitto, Mary Nerney, Carmel Caputo, Mary Ann Rossi and Deanna Sabetta assist in the celebration of a Golden Jubilee Mass in CT. The celebrant is Fr. Dave Reilly Photo, CND, 2009
We come from countries in North America, Central America, Asia, Africa and Europe where we live and work among the people. In response to a call from our loving God, we give our lives to work toward achieving God’s desire for a just and peaceful world for all peoples.
Sister Clemmie received an honorable mention, for her story "What I Learned from my Grandfather's Attic," which she entered in the Inter-generation Contest launched by the PEI Seniors Secretariat. She received an "Intergeneration Honor Roll" certificate "for uncommon and invaluable commitment to connecting generations." The accompanying letter stated, "The judges wanted to recognize your story with a prize (cheque) and honorable mention…" Clemmie also received a card of congratulations from Bush Dumville, MLA. We're proud of you, Clemmie!
People began arriving at the Congregation of Notre Dame ND cottage, Villa Consolata, on Howe Island for our annual retreat weekend at around 3:30 pm on Friday, September 18th. Some of those that arrived before dark enjoyed a swim in the pool, the water was beautiful as was the fellowship and the setting.
We enjoyed a prayer service Friday evening about identity; "The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me…" (Meister Eckhart). This was a great beginning to the weekend, thinking of who we are in the eyes of God, each other and ourselves.
Sunday, September 27, was the day chosen by Sister Charlotte Lockhart to celebrate her 95th birthday. Family members and friends gathered in the Penthouse at Windsor Court in Fredericton to bring best wishes. The staff prepared a bountiful table and the cake had plenty of candles on top. Sister Charlotte was decked out with a colorful crown, birthday ribbon and sparkling pin. She very much enjoyed the party arranged by friends and was especially grateful for the attendance of her nephews, a niece and several grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Sister Karen and I were pleased to be there to help with the happy celebration.
"The pace of consumption, waste and environmental change has so stretched the planet's capacity that our contemporary lifestyle, unsustainable as it is, can only precipitate catastrophes, such as those which even now periodically occur in different areas of the world. The effects of the present imbalance can only be reduced by our decisive action, here and now." Pope Francis, Laudato Si (161).
You can also access an online version of the Prezi presentation with this link.
I think the Prezi presentation is appropriate for JR High- Adults. Great for personal use/reflection too. A Journey of Faith seems geared to Grades 11,12, College , and ADULTS . Parts of it might be helpful for your own knowledge or to integrate into current curriculums and parish programs.
September 26 is the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
In the richest and most prosperous country in the world, over 45 million people live in poverty. The younger you are, the more likely you are to live in poverty. One in five children live below the poverty line; and 23% or all children under six do. Over 16 million children live in food-insecure households. Programs such as SNAP (food stamps); Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); School Lunches; and other food assistance are effective and must be protected to fight poverty and hunger.
Join places of worship across the nation, the Washington National Cathedral, the Newtown Foundation and Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, a coalition of more than 50 national denominations and faith-based organizations, to remember those who have lost their lives to gunfire, pray for those whose lives have been forever changed because of the loss of a loved one, and to educate one another on proven strategies to reduce gun violence.
The annual Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath weekend this year will be December 10-14. It will begin with a kickoff event at the National Cathedral in Washington DC on December 10th. Then congregations across the nation will participate in weekend events of prayer, song, vigils and education. December 14th is the actual anniversary of the tragic Newtown shooting.
There are many resources on the December Sabbath website to help you plan. Let's keep raising our voices for change by pledging to participate in December Sabbath 2015.
JPIC Update: Our Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation Office has had a very busy summer. After the Corporate Stance process in May, our Core Committee members attended the national CRC JPIC in Toronto, and we had our own meeting afterward. In June, our JPIC circulated a Press Release to join our voice to the widespread public welcome to Laudato Si, from Pope Francis. In July, I was occupied preparing a presentation on the Encyclical for the Congregation of Notre Dame Social Justice Network taking place in August. We are currently joining with our sister organization Development & Peace, as they carry out a Climate Action fall campaign. In the short term we are focused on the Paris U.N. Climate Conference and our long-term sites will be worked out at our annual JPIC Core Committee meeting to be held in Montreal in October.